NYC: The American Museum of Natural History seeks part-time Research Assistant on Food

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

Part-time Research Assistant (12 month term), Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

The purpose of this position is to assist the CBC with background research on food, exploring intersections with human health, culture and identity, diversity, environmental impact, the future of food and critical questions such as where food comes from and what to eat.

Responsibilities and duties:

Conducting background library and internet research on the various themes and topics, building literature and contact databases, and researching recent exhibitions, events, and publications on related topics. Assistants will gain a valuable understanding of the process of communicating science to the public and will conduct in-depth research of topical issues.


Intern must possess a BA or BS in related field (nutrition, public health, anthropology, food studies, museum science, environmental science, culinary arts, etc.) with demonstrated interest in this broad topic.  Applicants should have experience conducting library research (literature searches), proficiency in internet research, and knowledge of bibliographic software systems such as Endnote.  Excellent writing and verbal communication skills, acute attention to detail and the ability to work independently are required. Demonstrated organizational skills, must be able to integrate information from various sources, and must be able to process multiple tasks under pressure of deadlines.

Applicants may email resume with cover letter to: ebetley[at]

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.

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